Man Dies in Accident at Belmont County Drilling Site

From the Victoria Advocate:
A 43-year-old Victoria man was killed when a heavy piece of equipment fell on him at a natural gas drilling site in Ohio. 
David Zamora went to Ohio three weeks ago on a job with Lee Specialties, a wireline equipment company, his sister-in-law, Lori Zamora, said. 
Zamora had told his girlfriend he hoped to be back in Victoria in a week, she said. 
The Belmont County Sheriff's Office received a call about the accident at the Rice Energy drilling site about 3 p.m. Saturday, a dispatcher said. The family was notified late Saturday night, Zamora said.
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Rice Energy has issued a statement about the accident:
Statement on Incident at Wellsite 

CANONSBURG, PA – April 7, 2014 – Rice Energy Inc. has confirmed a fatal
injury to a subcontractor’s employee in Belmont County, Ohio. The incident
occurred on April 5th when an employee of a subcontractor was placing a large
piece of their equipment on an inactive side of the location prior to commencement
of completion operations for the Bigfoot 9H well. No other persons sustained
physical injury, and there was no environmental impact related to the incident. The
location is temporarily on a self-imposed safety stand-down in order for Rice
Energy and the appropriate authorities to complete their investigation.

Mike Lauderbaugh, Rice Energy’s Vice President of EHS, stated, “Our thoughts
and prayers go out to the family, friends and co-workers of the individual that was
fatally injured. In our five years of operating safely in Appalachia, this is the first
major incident to occur on a Rice Energy site and we are deeply saddened by this
tragedy. The safety of our employees, our contractors and subcontractors has
always been our top priority. We are working with the appropriate agencies to
confirm the cause of this incident and to ensure our continued operations are
conducted in the safest manner possible.” 
We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Zamora.

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